Wizards Can’t Back Up Hype
Verizon Center was nearly one-third empty when the Washington Wizards were introduced before Friday’s home opener. With smoke filling the arena, lights rotating and music blaring, the crowd had a tepid reception, especially when rookie Otto Porter and Brazilian big man Nene emerged from the tunnel in sleek suits rather than slick warmups.
Before the game, John Wall grabbed the microphone and appeared not to notice the empty blue seats when he called the fans the best in the NBA. If the Wizards plan to earn more enthusiastic support this season, it will have to come from their play rather than their incessant chatter about being a playoff team. And so far, the play hasn’t backed up the talk.
After an embarrassing 109-102 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Wizards are in the same place they were a year ago — winless after two games — with a game Sunday against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.